Based on declassified reports in the Central Zionist Archives, this article brings to light a virtually unknown disinformation project implemented by the Jewish Agency (the governing body of the Yishuv before 1948) in the Arab world during the 1936-39 Palestinian revolt. Operating via a JA front organization—an Arabic-language news agency set up in Cairo—and out of the Jerusalem-based JA Political department’s intelligence services, the project involved inter alia the planting of fabricated articles in the Lebanese and Syrian press with the aim of influencing public opinion. Whatever the project’s impact, the article provides insights into the Zionist leadership’s thinking, internal debates, and operating methods, and shows the degree of corruption that existed in certain segments of the Arab elite.
The Zionist Disinformation Campaign in Syria and Lebanon during the Palestinian Revolt, 1936–1939
Mahmoud Muhareb teaches in the Center for Area Studies at al-Quds University, Jerusalem. An earlier Arabic version of this article was published in JPS’s sister publication, Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filastiniyya, no. 78 (Spring 2009), pp. 116–31.
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Mahmoud Muhareb; The Zionist Disinformation Campaign in Syria and Lebanon during the Palestinian Revolt, 1936–1939. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 April 2013; 42 (2): 6–25. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2013.42.2.6
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